Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow

Feast of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow: Missa “Cognovi, Domine” In her short life, Elizabeth manifested such great love for the poor and suffering that she has become the patroness of Catholic charities and of the Secular Franciscan Order. The daughter of the King of Hungary, Elizabeth chose a life of penance and asceticism when a…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Hedwig, Widow

Feast of Saint Hedwig, Widow: Missa “Cognovi, Domine” St. Hedwig was one of eight children born to Berthold IV, Count of Andechs and Duke of Croatia and Dalmatia. Of her four brothers, two became bishops, Ekbert of Bamberg, and Berthold of Aquileia; Otto succeeded his father as Duke of Dalmatia, and Heinrich became Margrave of Istria….

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Pope St Anicetus, Martyr

Pope St Anicetus, Martyr: Missa “Protexisti” Born in Emesa, Syria at the end of the first century, he came along at a time when most of the Apostles had already died. Anicetus was of the generation of leaders who had never met any of the original leaders of the fledgling Church. It is said that Anicetus…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St. John a Facundo

St John a Facundo, Confessor; Commemoration Sts Basilides, Cyrinus, Nabor, and Nazarius, Martyrs: Missa “Os iusti“ Today the Holy Church celebrates the Feast of St. John of San Facundo (1419 – 1479). Born the oldest son of John Gonzalez de Castrillo and Sancia Martinez, John was raised in a pious and well-to-do family. He was educated…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Octave Day of the Ascension

In Octava Ascensionis: Missa “Viri Galilaei” Jesus ascended into heaven, there to prepare a place for us, for us. Ascension is but a type of our own. Also He will come again to take un to Himself (Gospel) and introduce us into His Father’s kingdom. He went up to heaven to proclaim the dogma we sing…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St John of Nepomuk, Martyr

St John of Nepomuk, Martyr; commemoration of Feria within the Octave of the Ascension : Missa “Protexisti” In his early childhood, John Nepomucene was cured of a disease through the prayers of his good parents. In thanksgiving, they consecrated him to the service of God. After he was ordained, he was sent to a parish in the city of…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Within the Octave of the Ascension

Feria Within the Octave of the Ascension: Missa “Viri Galilaei” The reality of Christ’s Ascension is so important that the creeds (the basic statements of belief) of Christianity all affirm, in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, that “He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from thence He shall…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Boniface of Tarsus, Martyr

St Boniface, Martyr; commemoration of Feria II within the Octave of the Ascension : Missa “Protexisti” Saint Boniface of Tarsus was, according to legend, executed for being a Christian in the year 307 at Tarsus, where he had gone from Rome in order to bring back to his mistress Aglaida (also written Aglaia) relics of the martyrs. Boniface was…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Within the Octave of the Ascension

Feria Within the Octave of the Ascension: Missa “Viri Galilaei” The reality of Christ’s Ascension is so important that the creeds (the basic statements of belief) of Christianity all affirm, in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, that “He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from thence He shall…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Ascension Day

Ascension Day: Missa “Viri Galilaei” Station at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Forty days after the Resurrection, Our Lord Jesus Christ, attended by Angels, ascended into Heaven, in the sight of His most holy Mother Mary, His Apostles, and disciples, to the great wonder of them all. He entered into possession of the Kingdom of Heaven…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St. Gregory the Theologian

Feast of Saint Gregory Nazianzen, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor of the Church: Missa “In medio Ecclesiae“ After his baptism at 30, Gregory gladly accepted his friend Basil’s invitation to join him in a newly founded monastery. The solitude was broken when Gregory’s father, a bishop, needed help in his diocese and estate. It seems that Gregory…

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: St Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr

St Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr: Missa “Protexisti” Saint Stanislaus, a Polish martyr, was Bishop of Cracow. King Boleslaw II was outraging the whole kingdom by his acts of lust and cruelty. St. Stanislaus, finding all remonstrances useless, excommunicated him. By order of the king he was cut in pieces at the foot of the altar while…